Ransomware attack raises concerns over future assaults2017-06-28 14:17 by Daniela
A new ransomware attack spread around the globe on Wednesday, affecting thousands of computers across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
This is the second time in two months that hackers have tried to shake down computer users, threatening to delete their data unless they paid sup. The initial infection can be traced to tax accounting software from a Ukrainian company called M.E.Doc, Microsoft says.
"We saw the first infections in Ukraine — more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat," Microsoft says. "We then observed infections in another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and the United States."
Researchers say the attack uses a Windows flaw called EternalBlue to spread through corporate networks. WannaCry also leveraged the EternalBlue exploit, which was leaked as part of a trove of hacking tools believed to belong to the NSA.
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